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Trend Alert: Kitchen Countertops & Cabinets

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Every year, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show debuts upcoming trends for the design world. And while we weren’t able to make the show this year, we are absolutely in love with the looks that took center stage and can’t wait to see them come to life. Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, here are the standout styles you can expect to see in kitchen countertop and cabinet designs.

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Engineered vs. Natural Materials

While granite has been the go-to countertop choice for the last several years, we’re starting to see a rise in engineered versus natural materials. Why? Well, to start, as beautiful as granite is, it can be tough to keep stain-free and requires frequent care. Engineered countertops, on the other hand, still look as gorgeous as granite, but have much easier upkeep requirements, and some options can be manufactured to allow for a less bulk and thickness. By adding engineered materials to the mix, countertop choices have expanded to allow for a much larger range of creative installation options.

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Wood & Marble Patterns

Who says countertops can’t have a bit of personality? This year, wood and marble patterns are making their debut in counters, and while both evoke feelings of natural elements, they also provide a splash of bold texture to a kitchen. Engineered wood patterns are a bit subtler and can be used as your countertops throughout the space, while the more intricate and colorful marbled options work best when used as an accent piece (think kitchen islands).

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Moody & Darker Tones

Another major trend we’ve come across is a shift from lighter countertops to dark and moody tones. Overall, design is definitely moving in the direction of richer hues, so this shift makes perfect sense. What we love about it, though, is that not only does it add a feeling of depth to a space, but it also has the ability to hide those day-to-day stains that might be more prominent in a lighter pattern.



All-White Shade Shifts & Natural Woods

Remember how we mentioned that shift from light to dark in design? Well, those all-white cabinet looks are taking the same cue. It’s still undoubtedly a popular option given its ability to make a space feel fresh and clean, but we’re seeing a change to warmer and creamier hues as opposed to the stark shades of previous years. Additionally, options like tuxedo kitchens that break up the whiteness (upper and lower cabinets in different colors) are gaining a following – especially when paired with a natural wood like white oak and walnut. The balance between the two colors and textures helps to being warmth to a space and gives it a touch of farmhouse style that we love.

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Darker Woods

The woods of cabinetry are definitely following in the footsteps of their countertop mates, with blonde shades moving over to make room for darker and richer stains. Deeper shades like these can help a kitchen to feel warm and inviting, and especially when contrasted with a lighter backsplash or airy open shelving, it can immediately add a sense of dimension to the room.

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Navy, Navy, Navy

It seems that this deep blue isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Navy remains a classic favorite for many because of its timelessness and versatility, and variations of its shade have continued to make a statement in kitchen trends left and right. Whether used as all-over cabinetry, or just on a kitchen island or lower cabinet drawers, it’s a stunning color that won’t steer you wrong.


So, as you embark on your kitchen remodel, keep these gorgeous trends in mind – you’re certain to have a stylish and timeless kitchen you’ll love for years to come.

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Designs by D

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